Gartner Research

Recommended Life Spans for Mobile, PC and Other Endpoint-Computing Devices

Published: 11 September 2015

ID: G00281950

Analyst(s): Nathan Hill , Leslie Fiering, Ken Dulaney


The longevity of endpoint-computing devices is a key metric in estimating the real total cost of ownership. The life span estimates in this document help device procurement and support staff determine device replacement strategies.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Assessing the Life Span of the Installed Base
  • Purchasing New or Replacement Equipment


  • Desktop and All-in-One Computers
  • Notebook, Two-in-One and Mobile Thin-Client Computers
  • Fixed and Mobile Workstations
  • Tablets (aka Slates)
  • Fixed Thin-Client Computers
  • Fixed Zero-Client Computers
  • Ruggedized Devices (Including Handhelds, Tablets and Notebooks)
  • Smartphones

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